Is this Ireland's answer to Fyre fest?
Back in September, prosecco fans went bananas for a 'Prosecco & Balls' event that was due to come to Dublin in April 2018.
An event page on Facebook, which boasts 'thousands of balls' and 'litres of prosecco', racked up thousands of responses - and the event was widely covered in the media.
Attendees are told they can expect
'???? 250,000 balls ????
???? 1000 Inflatables ????
???? Prosecco Cocktails! ????
???? Prosecco on Draught! ????
???????? Funk, Soul & Disco DJ’s! ????????
???? ???? Prosecco Ice-Lollies! ???? ????'
Over 7,000 people have shown interest in attending, and while there's no link to purchase tickets as of yet, users are told to expect more info on how to book 'soon'.
Now, after dodgy developments surrounding this event, we highly recommend you proceed with caution.
Last week we received a mail from a reader in the UK who had seen the event advertised and had purchased tickets for the first event in Shrewsbury.
The event was set to take place at The Buttermarket on November 18, but when event-goers arrived, there was no-one to be seen.
He told us:
'We stood outside in the rain for half an hour trying to find answers as to why the event wasn't going ahead, but were unable to find any contact info for the promoters of the event'
He continued: 'On the facebook page there is no contact information, company name, website, business name etc, nothing that gives then any form of legitimacy.'
'The organisers of the page have changed it to a "community" page, meaning that reviews can no longer be left. Presumably to hide all the negative ones they remove.
'There are still people posting to their page pleading for refunds, but all comments get ignored, and eventually deleted.'
And the plot thickens... the Prosecco & Balls organisers appear to be linked to a series of events named Day of Dead that were scheduled to run throughout the UK but were mysteriously cancelled and subsequently investigated by police, according to the Lancashire Post.
Unfortunately for our reader (and countless others according to social media), refunds for the cancelled events do not seem to be forthcoming.
Our reader was apparently directed towards 'Prime Live Group' in order to redeem his refund, however he has not received a response.
He has now issued a warning to anyone considering purchasing tickets for this event:
'I'm emailing in the hope you can warn others about this scam. I've lost over £100, and they are currently advertising in a further 30 locations!'
'Please help us spread the word that Prosecco & Balls isn't legitimate and protect peoples money.'
We have reached out to the organisers for comment.